Made for iPod
The latest in iPod accessories at the Consumer Electronics Show
Scholastic Kid Reporter Aaron Broder looks on at the iPA03, an amp for the iPod. (Photo: Courtesy Aaron Broder)
Walking around the Consumer Electronics Show, it is clear just how big the iPod has become. At almost every turn, there are cases, speaker systems, and more to be found to accessorize your iPod. With so many choices, I picked out a few that I found to be the most interesting.Atlantic Ego
The Atlantic Ego is a waterproof iPod case and speaker system. It will literally float in your pool or bathtub. It has a sturdy construction that definitely feels like it could keep your iPod safe in the water or on the go.
The Atlantic Ego is compatible with the iPod Video and the iPod Nano (2nd generation).
The iPA03 is a portable amp for your iPod. It can also work with a microphone, an electric guitar, or pretty much anything you would plug into an amp. You can plug it in to an energy source, or you can pop out the handle and wheel it around with 12 hours of battery life at moderate volumes.
It also comes with a microphone for the amp, perfect for singing along with your favorite tunes. The ion iPA03 is compatible with all standard iPods, the iPod Mini, and the iPod Nano. You can also plug in any other mp3 player or CD player.
|The Ego, a waterproof iPod case from Atlantic.|
b2 miJam Drummer
If you’ve ever wanted to drum along with your favorite songs, the miJam Dummer is for you. It comes in the form of two drumsticks that you can drum in the air. It comes with 6 sounds, including cymbals and snare, as well as background beats and fill-in sounds. The miJam Drummer is compatible with all iPods, as well as anything else that has a headphone jack, such as a computer, or another mp3 player.
Also available is the miJam Mini Drums, which has many of the features of the regular Drummer. However, it is a small handheld device—not shaped like drumsticks.
Targus Travel-Ease Active Noise Cancellation Headphones
The latest from Targus, known mostly for their backpacks and messenger bags, is a set of noise cancellation headphones that literally block all outside noise while you listen to music. However, if you need to talk to someone and don’t want to take the headphones off, the press of a switch activates Targus’ patent-pending “Talk Through feature”, which lets people talk to you clearly as if they were coming through the headphones.
The Targus Travel-Ease Active Noise Cancellation Headphones work with all standard headphone jacks, which includes all iPod models.
Aaron Broder is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.